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New Delhi: The government has started working towards new policies to support acid attack victims, where the whole of the attacker’s family has to compensate for the attack, union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said on Monday.

Speaking at the launch of a television show ‘Abke Baras Mohe Bitiya Hi Dijo’, an initiative supported by the ministry, Gandhi said her ministry has taken acid attacks on women seriously.

“We are making a new policy for acid attack victims. The policy shall have the whole family of an attacker paying compensation for the attack, not just the one who threw acid,” the minister said.

In an interaction with Sonali Mukherjee, 30, who has a permanently disfigured face after an acid attack in 2003, Gandhi said a ban on acid has not been possible as acid is used for many purposes in daily life.

Through ‘One Stop Centres’ set up by the ministry, women affected by violence can receive medical, legal and police help, she added.

Gandhi also added that through this show, which will daily telecast inspiring stories of women from across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ will be taken a step ahead.

The programme will be aired on Focus TV starting August 15 this year.

Women who have survived through all odds to stand as the first female police officer of the country, the first physically challenged woman to climb the Mount Everest among others, will be featured in the show.

(IANS)

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“Register Yourself With The Government Else Get Unregistered”, Centre’s Warning to Shelter Homes

The Ministry said it has issued notice for a social audit of over 9,000 CCIs across the country within 60 days. The social audit will be conducted by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

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Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi had asked for setting up Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) at the state and district levels for regular monitoring of the Specialised Adoption Agencies (SAA) and CCIs. Flickr
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi had asked for setting up Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) at the state and district levels for regular monitoring of the Specialised Adoption Agencies (SAA) and CCIs. Flickr

The Women and Child Development Ministry have directed child care institutes (CCIs) and shelter homes across the country to register themselves with the government within two months and get a social audit done, ministry sources said.

“The institutes not registered within two months will be shut down and the girls living there will be shifted to a better and registered centre. The ministry has already started closing unregistered centres,” an official of the Ministry told IANS.

The government move comes in the wake of alleged rape of inmates of a girls’ home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and another in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh.

The Ministy also said it has issued notice for a social audit of over 9,000 CCIs across the country within 60 days. The social audit will be conducted by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

The government move comes in the wake of alleged rape of inmates of a girls' home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and another in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh. Flickr
The government move comes in the wake of alleged rape of inmates of a girls’ home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and another in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh. Flickr

“The new pro forma of the audit will have total assessment of the condition in which the children are living. It will not be a mere counting of basic facilities,” the official added.

Last week, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi had asked for setting up Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) at the state and district levels for regular monitoring of the Specialised Adoption Agencies (SAA) and CCIs.

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The minister had also said the district magistrates and district collectors should take responsibility of monitoring the adoption programmes which are implemented at the district level. She also directed the officials to streamline the adoption process and ensure its completion within the stipulated time. (IANS)

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